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letters | mass. democrats draw a line on benefits

If he approves benefit reductions, Obama will undermine Democratic legacy

RE “STATE’S House members firm against benefit cuts,” Page A1, Nov. 30:

It took an anti-communist Republican like Richard Nixon to do what no Democrat dared to try when Nixon unexpectedly sought détente with Mao’s China. Now it appears that a supposedly liberal Democrat like Barack Obama is prepared to do what no Republican president has risked doing openly: weaken the social safety net, the Democratic Party’s foremost legacy since the Great Depression.

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